Basic Immunology


Meticulously reviewed and updated for today’s medical students, Basic Immunology, 6th Edition, is a concise text expertly written by the same distinguished author team as the best-selling, comprehensive text, Cellular and Molecular Immunology. This focused, easy-to-understand volume uses full-color illustrations and clinical images, useful tables, and practical features such as Summary Point boxes, end-of-chapter review questions, glossary terms, and clinical cases—all designed to help students master this complex topic in the most efficient, effective manner possible.

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Table of Contents

  1. Introduction to the Immune System
  2. Nomenclature, General Properties, and Components
  3. Innate Immunity
  4. The Early Defense Against Infections
  5. Antigen Capture and Presentation to Lymphocytes
  6. What Lymphocytes See
  7. Antigen Recognition in the Adaptive Immune System
  8. Structure of Lymphocyte Antigen Receptors and Development of Immune Repertoires
  9. T Cell–Mediated Immunity
  10. Activation of T Lymphocytes
  11. 6 Effector Mechanisms of T Cell–Mediated Immunity
  12. Functions of T Cells in Host Defense
  13. Humoral Immune Responses
  14. Activation of B Lymphocytes and Production of Antibodies
  15. Effector Mechanisms of Humoral Immunity
  16. Elimination of Extracellular Microbes and Toxins
  17. Immunological Tolerance and Autoimmunity
  18. Self-Nonself Discrimination in the Immune System and Its Failure
  19. Immune Responses Against Tumors and Transplants
  20. Immunity to Noninfectious Transformed and Foreign Cells
  21. Hypersensitivity
  22. Disorders Caused by Immune Responses
  23. Congenital and Acquired Immunodeficiencies
  24. Diseases Caused by Defective Immunity
  25. Selected Readings
  26. Appendix I Glossary
  27. Appendix II Cytokines
  28. Appendix III Principal Features of Selected CD Molecules
  29. APPENDIX IV Clinical Cases